My First Small Plane: A Day in the Sky

I was recently invited onboard my first small plane, an RV-8, a homebuilt aircraft conceived by Richard VanGrunsven, founder of Van’s Aircraft.

My pilot, Bruce Raymond, built the plane over the span of three years. It was an exhilarating experience, only maximized by the clear canopy that formed a semicircle around us. The views were spectacular.

We took off from Bay Bridge Airport (W29), and flew about six miles to the east over the town of Chester, skirting the Bay. It was a beautiful, clear day, and one could look to the north and see the suburbs of Baltimore, and to the west and see the 4 mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It was a dream.

The plane was incredibly stable. Perhaps it was because we flew at an altitude of 4,000 feet, but any turbulence was barely noticeable and the plane did not buffet or rock once. I highly encourage you to experience the thrill of general aviation if you have the chance! It’s an incredible feeling and it leaves you with a feeling of euphoria like no other.

View more photos of the flight on the RV-8 at Taylor’s Flickr gallery.

Photo and text by Taylor Michie. Copyright 2011 Racing Winds Media